No more 14-day quarantine policy for returning OFWs, non OFWs in Cebu


Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia dropped the requirement that returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and non-OFWs self-quarantine 14 days upon return.

But, they should test negative in the RT-PCR test for Covid-19.

Garcia recently issued Executive Order No. (EO) 17 that sets the protocols for returning OFWs and Filipinos from abroad to the province. (

Under EO 17, returning Filipinos and OFWs must only accomplish the online Mactan-Cebu International Airport Passenger Registration Form via the MCIAA’s website and must have a pre-booked hotel reservation where they will stay temporarily pending the result of their RT-PCR test.

Upon arrival at the airport, they will undergo an RT-PCR test that will be administered by the Department of Health (DOH) for free.

After the test, they will be transferred to the hotel that they have booked and will wait for the test result there.

“Since the use of the accredited hotel is for transient stay until negative RT-PCR test result is released as opposed to Quarantine – that puts in isolation a person for a fixed number of days to prevent the spread of disease, accredited hotels accepting OFWs and returning non-OFWs waiting for their RT-PCR test result shall be allowed to accept other bookings from the general public subject to health and safety protocols prescribed by the DOH,” the EO read.

If the RT-PCR test result is negative, the OFW or returning non-OFW can go to his/her local government of destination.

If positive, the DOH’s health protocols for the treatment of Covid-19 positive individuals will apply.